I love my children’s pediatrician’s office. Love it. You call, make an appointment, they remind you a couple of days in advance, and when you show up on time, you go back and get started with the nurse. The nurse weighs and measures the kids, asks a few questions, and then (whaddaya know) the doctor comes in almost immediately. Our doctor plays with the kids, does the exam, gets feedback from us, and sends us on our way. In, out. Throughout that visit are caring conversations and a positive atmosphere.
So what? Sounds like what a doctor’s office experience should be.
Both times my wife was pregnant, we went to the same OB/GYN that she’s had for years. Coming in for a physical is one thing, but coming in for pre-natal visits was like pulling teeth. The waiting room was often over-crowded. Appointments were very rarely on-time. And the place had a hurried feel. You’d think the place would be filled with joy at the prospect of all the new life on the way, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I never want to go back to that place, ever.
At the end of the day, I’m positive that the difference comes from Leadership. One office is run by an incredibly warm-hearted, talented, experienced, and effective doctor. The other office is managed by… honestly, I’m not sure.
When people come into the halls of your church, do they leave thinking, “That’s exactly what a church should be,” or are you giving them excuses, to justify that things aren’t going the way you intended?
The Leadership of your church is the greatest determining factor for success; there is no close second.
The problems come when our definitions and expectations about Leadership are flawed. The true key to success (a word which requires its own post to define) comes from:
– Understanding what Leadership is (and isn’t)
– Knowing what kind of Leadership your church has (and doesn’t have)
– Being able to leverage your Leadership for maximum impact
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Rather, I write as an expert in observing Leadership.
I’ve spent the last decade of my life working in churches of different sizes with different levels of success, and though I’ve played my role in leading, I’ve mostly been able to observe what works and what doesn’t when it comes to Leadership and the Church.
The greatest crisis facing the Church today doesn’t come from the Supreme Court, social media, racial issues, or theological divides. The greatest crisis facing the Church is the dearth of leaders knowing who they are and how they can leverage their Leadership gift to the glory of God and the good of His people.
So this is a blog where I boldly state: “Leadership Matters.”
Each week, every church leader should be able to walk out their doors and think, “We just did what churches should do.”
Let’s get you there.